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Today in Hip-Hop: Nas Drops ‘It Was Written’

Nasty Nas' second 20th anniversary.

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By The Numbers: Nas’ First Six Platinum Albums

Nas is credited for dropping arguably the best debut album in hip-hop history with Illmatic. After his classic 1994 release, the Queensbridge storyteller followed up with five more platinum solo albums in a ten-year span, pioneering a run that only Jay Z, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg have matched as the only rappers to claim such an impressive consistent stint, with 'Ye recently joining the ranks after the platinum success of Yeezus...

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Nas Rank No.17 on XXL’s First 5 List

Nasty Nas is one of hip-hop's treasured MCs, but his album track record has been filled with highs and lows...

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Trackmasters Rank No. 2 As Nas’ Best Go-To Producers

XXL breaks down why Trackmasters come in at No. 2 as Nas’ Best Go-To Producers…

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Nas’ 50 Most Valuable Life Lessons

Nas has dropped plenty of lyrical gems in his celebrated career. XXL compiles Nas' 50 Most Valuable Life Lessons...

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Nas Remembers the Impact of It Was Written, 15 Years Later

Nas speaks to XXL about working with Dr. Dre in the middle of the East Coast/West Coast feud, the song that sparked his issues with Tupac Shakur and more...

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Nas on Fitting the Profile

or, "Take It in Stride"

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RIP Legendary Tupac Producer Johnny ‘J’ Jackson

Famed Beatmaker Reportedly Committed Suicide In Los Angeles County Jail

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